[Federal Register Volume 69, Number 153 (Tuesday, August 10, 2004)]
[Pages 48498-48499]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 04-18219]



Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Opportunity for Businesses To Partner With NIOSH To Incorporate 
Electronic Sensors Into Respirator Filter Cartridges

    Authority: Public Law 91-596.

AGENCY: The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health 
(NIOSH), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

ACTION: Notice of opportunity for businesses to partner with NIOSH to 
incorporate Electronic Sensors into Respirator Filter Cartridges.


SUMMARY: The National Personal Protective Technology Laboratory 
(NPPTL), NIOSH, currently is conducting ongoing research in electronic 
chemical sensor development for respirator end of service life/residual 
service life. NPPTL is seeking to partner with businesses capable of 
incorporating these sensors into respirator filter cartridges. A 
working relationship will consist of installing sensors in cartridges 
during their manufacturing process. The cartridges will be used to 
investigate sensor performance during test loading of the cartridges 
with industrial solvent vapors.

DATES: Submit letters of interest within 30 days after the date of 
publication of this notice in the Federal Register.

ADDRESSES: Interested manufacturers should submit a letter of interest 
with information about their capabilities to: http://[email protected].

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: NPPTL, NIOSH, is seeking to partner with 
businesses capable of incorporating electronic chemical sensors into 
respirator filter cartridges. Interested manufacturers who would like 
to be considered for participation need to have access to manufacturing 
capabilities to produce air purifying respirator cartridges.
    The project currently is in the system development phase. A 
chemical sensor array has been defined and electronics to support it 
have been developed. Partners could participate in the current project 
as well as future projects involving sensors.
    Candidate companies will be evaluated based on their capability to 
achieve the identified goals. Candidates selected could be requested to 
enter into a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA). 

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announcement does not obligate NIOSH to enter into an agreement with 
any respondents. NIOSH reserves the right to establish a partnership 
based on engineering analysis and capabilities found by way of this 
announcement or other searches, if determined to be in the best 
interest of the government.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: http://[email protected].

    Dated: August 2, 2004.
James D. Seligman,
Associate Director for Program Services, Centers for Disease Control 
and Prevention.
[FR Doc. 04-18219 Filed 8-9-04; 8:45 am]